The Jakarta Post
Rooms start at Rp 350,000. (Shutterstock/File)
As a form of asset optimization, state-owned pawnshop PT Pegadaian started to build and run hotel businesses in 2015. For example, the company owns the Pesonna Hotel in Pekanbaru, the capital city of Riau.
Said to be a Muslim-friendly hotel, the three-star establishment is located on Jl. Sudirman, near Riau University and the Sang Nila Utama Museum. Its name is actually an acronym of Pegadaian Selalu Optimalkan Nilai-Nilai Aset (The pawnshop always optimizes asset values).
Kompas.com has reported that the hotel features 130 deluxe rooms and four suites. In addition to basic amenities like air conditioners, Wi-Fi, flat TVs, safety deposit boxes, water kettles, refrigerators, toiletries and hot water, the hotel also provides a separate faucet for ablution in its bathrooms and an Islamic prayer mat in the bedrooms. Guests can also find a prayer room on the 12th floor.
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A room in Pesonna Hotel Pekanbaru.(kompas.com/File)
The hotel has a swimming pool, a ballroom with a capacity of 300 people and three meeting rooms with a capacity to accommodate 30 people each.
In its restaurant, Pesonna Hotel Pekanbaru serves dishes native to West Sumatra and Riau. Some of the dishes include gulai ikan (fish curry stew) and soto Pekanbaru. It also serves dendeng Pesonna, a spice-seasoned beef jerky that can be bought as a souvenir for Rp 600,000 (US$45) per kilogram. Rooms start at Rp 350,000. (mas/kes)
Dendeng Pesonna. (kompas.com/File)